Chinese New Year Offerings Revealed for Shanghai Disney Resort

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Welcome in the Year of the Pig at Shanghai Disney Resort this Chinese New Year!

The magic of the Disney resort will meet the stunning traditional celebrations of Chinese New Year from January 19 through February 19. The park will be gloriously decorated in Mickey Mouse lanterns, Chinese couplets, and colorful flowers, with plenty of magical events, offerings and time-honored traditions, truly immersing the park in the festive celebration.

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Mickey and Minnie in their New Year attire

Events

Each morning, a ritual drum ceremony will take place by the Storytellers Statue in the Gardens of Imagination, featuring Mickey and Minnie. According to Chinese legend, the beating of the drum will drive away bad luck and bring good fortune.

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Drum Ceremony

Over on Mickey Avenue, a jazz and swing-inspired dance party will take place throughout the day, lead by Mickey and friends with eight dancers. Also along Mickey Avenue, there’ll be meet and greets with Mickey and the Gang in their Chinese New Year attire.

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Mickey Avenue Shanghai Swing
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‘God of Fortune’ Goofy

The Garden of the Twelve Friends also sees a festive transformation for the celebration, and will feature a mosaic of Toy Story’s Hamm, representing the Year of the Pig. Here, guests will be able to write their hopes for the new year on a special wishing card and post them on the display for all to see. Some guests may even get to see their Wishing Card hopes projected onto the Enchanted Storybook Castle during a special celebration following the Ignite the Dream – A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light firework show! This will be narrated with an explanation into what these hopes and dreams could mean to guests seeking fulfilment in the year to come, and feature traditional Chinese music.

Hamm Mosaic for Year of the Pig

Dining

Reunion dinners will be served in three of the resort’s restaurants. Over at Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, the Cinderella Ballroom will be elegantly decorated in red, serving a choice of two multiple-course set menus. Both will include a selection of Shanghainese appetizers, soups, seafood, poultry, and more.

At The Royal Banquet Hall there will be a magical fairytale feast, drawing from both Western and Chinese cultural traditions. Offerings here will include a golden crab seafood soup, representing the blessing of abundant wealth, and a pig’s trotter dish presented in the shape of Mickey Mouse.

The Wandering Moon Restaurant over in the Gardens of Imagination will also have a Reunion Dinner menu, with choices including roasted duck, Mongolian beef, and plum pork rib in garlic.

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Beautifully set table decorated for a Reunion Dinner.

If a buffet is more your thing, Lumiere’s Kitchen over at the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel will offer a delicious buffet of meats, seafood, both traditional Chinese and Western dishes and also desserts themed to the new year. This character dining experience will also feature Mickey, Minnie, and friends in their special Chinese New Year costumes. Over at the Toy Story Hotel, a holiday-themed buffet will also be held at Sunnyside Café.

Finally, across the resort guests will find a selection of beautifully-themed sweet treats, including a New Year variation on the popular Mickey Cupcake over at Remy’s Patisserie. To drink, all Quick Service locations across the park will offer Sea Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate served in a souvenir Donald and Daisy sleeve. 

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Sweet treats for the New Year’s celebrations.

Merchandise

There are some gorgeously festive offerings on sale in the merchandise department, including limited edition pins, headgear and fashion. Also, who could forget Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou plushes in their beautiful Chinese New Year outfits?

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A selection of the New Year merchandise.
StellaLou, Gelatoni, ShellieMay and Duffy plushes.

Will you be visiting Shanghai Disney Resort over the Chinese New Year period?

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Madeleine

Madeleine is a languages student from England who spends more time watching Disney movies in foreign languages and calling it "revision" than actually doing the set work. She has a tendency to plan Disney holidays for other people, whether they asked or not, and loves talking about the parks to absolutely anyone who will listen.